Food for thought: It's time to define what 'good' means in our industry
When it comes to design work in the social sector, we often hear debates over terms, categories, and taxonomies: Should we call it social design? What about design for social innovation? Or how about the nebulous borders around terms like participatory design, collective impact, and co-design? It’s enough to make one’s head spin. But while these debates are raging on, we’re missing the answer to a much, much more important question. We’re missing a shared definition for what good looks like.
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JMSW Faculty and students participated at the 2019 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Texas conference in Galveston, TX. Dr. Hadidja Nyiransekuya, Dr. Sarah Oliphant and Dr. Dhrubodhi Mukherjee presented a paper on “Refugee Mental Health.” JMSW students Emily Sibley, Shaharzade Ebrahimi and Sierra Plentl also volunteered at the conference.
Social Work Advocacy Day at the Texas State Capitol
JMSW students participated in Social Work Advocacy Day at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The National Association of Social Work, Texas Chapter hosted the day with social work professionals and students from around the state in attendance. The day’s agenda included an Advocacy Panel & Immigration Session, Rally with Transgender Education Network of Texas, and a REAL symposium on race.
Our JMSW students also met one-on-one with legislators to advocate for or against current bills that they have been researching and following all semester in their Advanced Social Policy course. Topics they addressed included mental health in public schools, human trafficking, asylum protection, and eating disorder education in public schools.